Douglas Morton

About the Artist

1926 - 2004

Doug Morton was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1926. After a short stay in the army in 1945, he studied at the Winnipeg School of Art, and then at the University of Southern California from 1947 to 1948. In the following year he moved to Paris, France where he studied at L’Académie Julian, l’école des Beaux-Arts, and the Atelier André Lhote in Paris. Later he studied at the Camberwell College of Art and the Martin Bloch studio in London. When he returned to Canada he attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and participated in many Emma Lake workshops.

In 1954 Morton accepted an appointment as manager of his family’s company, MacKay-Morton Ltd. For the next thirteen years Morton helped to raise six children, and manage the business,  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (  in the late evening and early morning.

He joined the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, as Director of Visual Arts and Associate Professor in 1967, and two years later accepted a teaching position at the University of Toronto. He later served as Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria for five years before becoming President of the Alberta College of Art and Design from 1985 through 1987.

Interview with Timothy Long - The Regina Five
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning